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Fusion Materials/Nuclear Science: The Future Presented by: G. R. Nardella Program Manager Office of

Fusion Materials/Nuclear Science: The Future Presented by: G. R. Nardella Program Manager Office of Fusion Energy Sciences Office of Science U. S. Department of Energy August 3, 2010

Thank you for your attention - Now Chuck Kessel, our starting quarterback and number

Thank you for your attention - Now Chuck Kessel, our starting quarterback and number one draft pick, will speak and answer all of your questions 2

Background: Setting the Stage § Build on Greenwald, Re. Ne. W and other previous

Background: Setting the Stage § Build on Greenwald, Re. Ne. W and other previous work § Seek partnerships and utilize the community’s technical expertise § Establish the credibility/case for fusion both inside and outside DOE § Burning Plasmas/ITER is the top priority § Recognize the realities of the situation § Synergy between MFE and IFE is potentially high § Community input will be sought and FESAC charges will be developed at the appropriate time 3

This activity focuses on Materials in a fusion environment § Plasma/surface interactions: establishing boundary

This activity focuses on Materials in a fusion environment § Plasma/surface interactions: establishing boundary of a fusion plasma. Plasma facing surface survival, renewal: cracking, annealing. Fuel retention. Important for industrial, non-energy applications as well § Nuclear effects on materials and structures, including the effects of > 100 dpa on structure integrity, helium creation in situ, and time evolving properties § Harnessing fusion power depends on the nuclear material science above and is extended to tritium breeding and extracting fusion power This requires the launching of a vigorous materials and nuclear science program that will be part of defining and constructing a fusion nuclear science facility, and will fill gaps en route to a DEMO. Such a program will benefit from and give to other research needs. Synergies will be identified and levered between MFE, IFE, advanced nuclear energy, and defense. 4

The Plan § The July 23 meeting was an opportunity to present our thoughts

The Plan § The July 23 meeting was an opportunity to present our thoughts and to get feedback § Various approaches with their accompany risks must be understood § Identify research requirements to the point of enabling FES to craft calls for proposals and design programs § Adjust the program to meet the materials/nuclear science challenge 5

Conclusions § Aim to cap this line of research with a major facility, operating

Conclusions § Aim to cap this line of research with a major facility, operating in parallel with ITER, but our near term priority is the requisite research program prior to such a facility § Clarify requirements for a nuclear and non-nuclear materials science program that must be deployed prior to the final definition and launching of a major facility 6